Long Shot

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A sharp and deceptively layered comedy that's further fueled by the odd couple chemistry of its leads, this Long Shot largely hits its marks.

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Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she's a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for... well, mostly everything. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his babysitter and childhood crush. When Fred unexpectedly reconnects with Charlotte, he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to the dismay of her trusted advisors. A fish out of water on Charlotte's elite team, Fred is unprepared for her glamorous lifestyle in the limelight. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents.

Cast

Charlize Theron
as Charlotte Field
Seth Rogen
as Fred Flarsky
Andy Serkis
as Parker Wembley
June Diane Raphael
as Maggie Millikin
Bob Odenkirk
as President Chambers
Alexander Skarsgård
as Prime Minister James Steward
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Critic Reviews for Long Shot

All Critics (281) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (229) | Rotten (52)

  • Long Shot may not be the return of the romcom, but it's certainly a real return to form.

    January 29, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • ...despite the clunky, unimaginative script and the by-the-numbers direction, Long Shot is saved by the exact gimmick that probably green-lit it in the first place: Theron and Rogen.

    January 19, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Broad appeal with Long Shot as it plays to the Seth Rogen fan base, the rom com watchers, and anyone that enjoys political comedies. It's smarter and funnier than you'll want to give it credit for.

    November 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The way Long Shot differentiates itself from the sexist sitcom cliche is by exploring the difficulty men have in ceding power to women, even if-perhaps especially if-the women are clearly more skilled and intelligent.

    November 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's not a new Valentine's Day classic perhaps, but there are enough warm, fuzzy feelings, along with many laughs, to qualify for date night.

    October 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It has everything you want in a romantic comedy and more.

    September 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Long Shot

  • Feb 11, 2020
    Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron star in the political comedy Long Shot. When presidential hopeful Charlotte Field hires her childhood friend and political journalist Fred Flarsky as her new speech writer the two strike up a romance that could damage her chances. Rogen and Theron give solid performances and have chemistry together. However, the humor is pretty raunchy and crude (as Rogen films tend to be), and the left wing politics are as heavy handed as all get-out. Yet some of the jokes work, and there's a positive message about overcoming one's pride and not letting the opinions of others control you. Long Shot has its moments and delivers a few laughs, but the raunch and the politics get in the way and drag it down a bit.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2019
    Oddly mild and politically centrist-affirming for a movie about a woman who spends the majority of the movie trying to enact a climate-benefit policy. Also kind of exists in this weird in-between purgatory world where it's "so woke" and "not like those other RomComs where the guy gets the hot girl just because" but is simultaneously like... The slovenly ~nice guy~ still gets this political powerhouse stunner of a woman by the power of... Being himself? I guess. It's a very half measures movie, is what I'm saying. Moves towards one set of things but can't leave the other set behind. And so a movie with this middling a perspective, of course, gets the middling-est of ratings. Charlize is a fuckin' champ in this though, absolutely runs the show.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2019
    The genre has been done to death, but Rogen and Theron manage to squeeze something out of nothing here. The film is funny and fitting for Rogen's style of humour. It is a shame they released this film in the midst of all the action films, basically rendering this film invisible to the public. I'm sure it will find an audience from streaming and it does deserve some kudos for at least being crafty with the pop culture jokes. 18/08/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2019
    The movie fizzles out at the exact moment it should be more daring both as a romantic comedy and a (sort of) political commentary. Theron deserves better.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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